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British people sit for 8.9 hours each day (on average).

Since the Get Britain Standing campaign launched in 2014 there is been continued growth in international scientific research producing compelling evidence that sitting for more than 4 hours each day leads to:

  • Enzymes responsible for burning harmful blood fats shutting down
  • Reduced calorie burning (Metabolic rate)
  • Disrupted blood sugar levels
  • Increased insulin and blood pressure levels
  • Leg muscles switch off

Irrespective of your level of physical activity, the result leads to increased risks of:

  1. Heart disease
  2. Diabetes
  3. Obesity
  4. Cancer
  5. Back ache
  6. Dementia
  7. Depression
  8. Muscle degeneration

We recommend you calculate the hours you spend sitting on an average "working day".
Make sure you include your sitting time whilst at work, commuting and at home.

Check out the Top 10 health risks which grow for people who sit longer than 4 hours a day.

In January 2015 Public Health England and Gavin Bradley from Active Working C.I.C jointly commissioned an Expert Statement on the status and impact of prolonged sitting in the office (Download).

Estimate the time you spend sitting daily
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